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Good things are happening at OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI:
  • We started classes on August 22 with 410 students. Our goal is to equip our student to walk with God and impact the world for Him.
  • Students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it. For example, students are grappling with things like personal connections with Bible verses, the relationship between mass and volume, and how absolute and relative location help us understand the world.
  • Keep Each Other Safe LogoTeachers are helping students increase their understanding by asking open-ended questions, helping students master key vocabulary words, and providing students with feedback.
  • Through our Keep Each Other Safe Program, we are helping students understand the importance of speaking the truth in love and respecting each other as God’s image bearers.

To learn more, check out these blogs entries:

Thanks for praying for OCSI:

  • Praise God for working in the hearts of our students. One student recently shared about becoming a Christian!
  • Ask God to use the parent Bible study that starts on October 6 to help parents understand Biblical parenting.
  • Ask God to provide staff.
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Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

September 8th, 2017|

Pray for OCSI

Being safe—it’s something everyone wants. And we all have many ways we work to keep ourselves and our loved ones as safe as possible: homeowner’s insurance, fire alarms, retirement investments, seatbelts, and shisa. Wait—shisa? What are shisa?

Shisa are mythical creatures somewhere between a dog and a lion, recognizable by their curly manes. They represent Okinawans’ desire for safety, as they are supposed to guard the place they are posted. As I walk around my neighborhood, I see them everywhere—on rooftops, gateposts, and vending machines; in front of the Starbucks and the gas station; and on terra-cotta tiles adorning the entry to the local elementary school and the local fishing port.

My neighbors worry about the usual threats to safety—and a few more: tsunamis, earthquakes, and typhoons. In my neighborhood, there are signs pointing to tsunami evacuation routes and signs designating emergency shelters.

Keep Each Other Safe LogoAt OCSI, we want our students to be safe physically. So, for example, we have earthquake drills, where everyone shelters under a desk or a table to protect their head from falling objects. We have typhoon procedures to close school and to secure the campus against the strong wind and heavy rain.

We also want our students to be safe spiritually—to find shelter in Jesus. In a country where less than 1% know Jesus, we have the opportunity to teach our students not only math and English, but also how to find spiritual safety!

Please continue to pray for OCSI:

  • Ask God to work in the hearts of our over 400 K-12 students. Ask God to keep them safe in Jesus.
  • Praise God that new staff are making a good transition to OCSI.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

August 3rd, 2017|

Please continue to pray for OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI!

  • Over 75 summer school students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it. Students have devotions, concentrate on English and math, eat lunch, and participate in 4 specials: outdoor games, art, computer, and music.
  • Preparations have begun for next year, including processing new textbooks for health, social studies, Bible, and English.
  • OCSI has made progress on preparing for its accreditation visit in spring 2018.

Please continue to pray for OCSI:

  • Ask God to provide the resources OCSI needs to equip students to walk with God and impact the world for Him.
  • Ask God to use OCSI to share the good news of Jesus.
  • Pray that the board, staff, students, and their families will grow in their commitment to the Lord.
  • Praise God for student diversity seen in learning styles, abilities, and cultural backgrounds.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

P.S. Check out this video which celebrates good things that happened in kindergarten last year!

July 6th, 2017|

Thanks for praying for OCSI

We are celebrating OCSI’s 60th! We celebrated with graduations for K5, 5th grade, 8th grade, and 12th grade.
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Join our celebration of OCSI’s 60th by checking out our annual report
It includes good things that happened this year and student-made videos!


Thanks for praying for OCSI:

  • Praise God for using OCSI for 60 years to reach Japan for Jesus.
  • Ask that God will use our summer school program to help our students deepen their understanding of God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Pray that the entire OCSI family will do all in God’s strength, learning to wait and listen to the wise counsel He provides.
  • Praise God for OCSI’s Board of Directors. Ask God to encourage board members and to provide His guidance.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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Superintendent

P.S. Check out this video which celebrates OCSI’s athletic program!

June 10th, 2017|

Pray for OCSI

We’re in the home stretch, and good things continue to happen:

  • Elementary students had a blast during Kid City and on field day.
  • Secondary students are enjoying spring activities, including the Jr/Sr Banquet, soccer, and track.
  • Parents are involved in an ESL parenting class that meets on Fridays.
  • Staff are focusing on how to live out OCSI’s values even more.

Please continue to pray for OCSI:

  • Ask God to help students finish the school year well so that they can learn even more about God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Ask God to help OCSI staff effectively equip students to impact the world for Him.
  • Ask God to provide a full staff for next school year.

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Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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May 11th, 2017|

Please continue to pray for OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI:

  • The elementary’s Culture Fair was a success.
  • 6th grade science students studied Newton’s laws of motion.
  • High school computer scientists created lighting while learning about electricity and programming micro-controllers.
  • Teachers discussed effective instructional strategies.
  • New staff focused on OCSI’s mission, vision, and philosophy.

Please continue to pray for OCSI:

  • Ask God to give staff the wisdom and discernment they need as they interact with students and families from different cultural backgrounds. 
  • Pray that our students will use their learning to serve God and others.
  • Praise the Lord for His grace, mercy, and bountiful provision.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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P.S. Road construction along the far end of the playing field is finished, and poles and nets have been installed. Through our PlaySafely Campaign, we are raising funds to cover these costs. We invite you to give a gift in Japan or the US.

April 11th, 2017|

God is at work at OCSI

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How is God at work at OCSI?

  • Students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Some students have been inviting their classmates to church.
  • A student asked about a Scripture she had read earlier in the day. A good conversation followed.
  • A student is interested in making Christianity his own belief.
  • High schoolers are leading worship and teaching Sunday school.

Thanks for continuing to pray for OCSI:

  • Pray that our alumni will continue to grow closer to God.
  • Ask God to help staff use a Biblical perspective to guide their work.
  • Pray that our students will think critically and Biblically.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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P.S. Road construction along the far end of the playing field is finished, and now we are installing poles and nets. Through our PlaySafely Campaign, we are raising funds to cover these costs. We invite you to give a gift in Japan or the US.

March 15th, 2017|

Thanks for praying for OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI:

  • Students are learning! For example, 7th grade biologists learned about bacteria, viruses, and fungi, and how to use that knowledge to protect themselves against infections.
  • Secondary students are involved in Service Week. They are cleaning up beaches, reaching out to the homeless, visiting nursing homes, collecting clothing donations, and more!
  • Students and staff have been doing outreach on Iejima.

Thanks for continuing to pray for OCSI:

  • Pray that our students will choose to do what God teaches, maintain purity, and be kept from immorality.
  • Praise God for working in the hearts of our students. Ask God to help our students walk with Him each day.
  • Pray that OCSI students and staff will speak the truth in love.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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February 13th, 2017|

Please keep praying for OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI:

  • Students and parents enjoyed Kite Day (see above photo).
  • In social studies, students are learning about God’s world.
  • In math, students are applying the slope-intercept form of a line to real life situations.
Thanks for praying for God’s work at OCSI:
  • Pray that OCSI students and staff will earnestly seek God with their whole hearts.
  • Pray for the Class of 2017 as they prepare for the future outside OCSI.
  • Ask God to help staff provide a Biblically-based program that recognizes all truth as God’s truth, emphasizes sharing the Gospel and discipleship, and encourages Biblical thinking and living.
  • Pray that students and staff will grow in their knowledge of God and see God’s power working in their lives.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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P.S. Road construction continues along the far end of the playing field. Through our PlaySafely Campaign, we are raising funds so we can install poles and netting between the playing field and new road. We invite you to give a gift to PlaySafely Campaign in Japan or the US.

 

January 12th, 2017|

Thanks for praying for OCSI

Good things are happening at OCSI: 

Thanks for praying for OCSI:

  • Pray for safe travel to and from school for staff and students as they walk, ride bikes, or use private vehicles and school buses. 
  • Praise God that our students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it.
  • Ask God to help staff build Christ-centered community, focus on OCSI’s mission, and grow professionally.
  • Ask God to provide a full staff for next school year. (For further prayer requests, please see our prayer guide.)

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Sincerely,
Michael B. Essenburg, superintendent
Equipping students to walk with God and impact the world for Him
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P.S. Thought you might like to see some photos from our staff Christmas party. Merry Christmas!

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December 5th, 2016|